Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Learn Windows Azure Event

    Next week on Redmond Campus we are running a Windows Azure event hosted by Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich. This will provide a great recap of where we are on the Windows Azure Platform and you can either register to visit physically, on register to watch...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure : Storage API updates

    A number of new storage features for blobs has been pushed to the cloud in the latest July SDK.  Probably the most exciting feature is the ‘ Shared Access Signature ’ (aka leased blobs).  This feature allows you to generate one-time, temporally bound URIs that you can give out to untrusted...
  • Blog Post: Getting Personal with Windows Server 2008 R2 File Classification

    During the Keynote at TechEd 2009, we announced a few new Windows Server 2008 R2 Features that come in the RC .  One of these features, File Classification Infrastructure, is getting alot of buzz at the event, so Joey thought he should sit down with Nir Ben Zvi, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

    We have just released the SQLServer 2008 developer Training kit . This kit will help you understand how to build web applications which deeply exploit the rich data types, programming models and new development paradigms in SQL Server 2008. Roger has been pretty busy packaging this up into something...
  • Blog Post: “Velocity CTP3” Released

    Today we release CTP3 of  “Velocity” ( link ). This is a highly scalable in-memory application cache for all kinds of data. By using cache, you can significantly improve application performance by avoiding unnecessary calls to the data source. Distributed cache enables your application to match...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SQL Data Services ( SDS)

    SQL Data Services ( SDS) is part of the Azure Services Platform and is the key service for storing data in the cloud, whether your application is either hosted locally or using some of the compute capabilities of Windows Azure in the cloud. Since its introduction at Mix08, SDS has really focused on providing...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 : BitLocker To Go !!

    How do you secure your business critical information when it is stored on a USB Drive? Research suggests that more sensitive information is lost on these devices than in any other way.  Fortunately there’s a new Windows 7 feature that might just save your embarrassment, if you misplace a USB drive...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager released to RTM

    As described on EDGE , System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) released to manufacture(RTM) this week which is going to be another huge step for making Virtualization more common place in the enterprise. One of the key issues that ITPROs told us, was there was no really great solution for managing...
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

    Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory :-) However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today - at the end...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit goes to RTM

    Jonathan, Drew, Jason and Brian have just shipped the final release of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit , updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta RTM !  The RTM release includes the following improvements/additions in the form of demos, presentations and documentation...
  • Blog Post: SQL Services Data Services (SSDS) Cloud Sample - PhluffyFotos

      Ryan has been making some modifications to the PhluffyFotos sample to make it even more easy to access. PhluffyFotos is a Web 2.0 Picture Gallery Service where users can upload their pictures from the web or mobile device. This sample is designed to demonstrate how you can develop a multi tenant...
  • Blog Post: Building the Microsoft Data Center

    When we are adding 10,000-20,000 servers to your data center every month, you need to have a pretty good architects and a plan for how you can reduce the carbon footprint. Secondly, have you ever heard about container-based data centers??? Read on. Mike Manos on Data Centers Adam has a cool interview...
  • Blog Post: SMALL BUSINESS SERVER & ESSENTIAL BUSINESS SERVER preview and demo

    So this feels like Demo week for me. Essential Business Server (EBS) demo with Bjorn We just shipped the first public preview of Small Business Server and Essential Business Server(EBS). David on the EDGE team had an interview with one of the program managers for EBS.  Bjorn Levidow has been at...
  • Blog Post: DAY ONE at MMS

    Adam and Joey are at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas to cover things happening at the event. Here is the coverage from day one. First, Larry Orecklin gives a brief overview of the MMS announcements around Operations Manager and Virtual Machine Manager. System Center overview with Larry...
  • Blog Post: What Happens in Vegas stays in The EDGE

    Adam and Joey in Vegas for MMS ( Microsoft Management Summit) this week getting a back stage view of what is happening at the event and providing details about the keynote ( and hopefully videos of the cool demos ). For those of you who do not know Joey ( the one or two ). Here is a short video back...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit RELEASED TO WEB

    We have just released the .NET 3.5 Enhancements toolkit. The .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training kit builds on the success of the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit and provides developers with information on ADO.NET Data Services, ADO.NET Entity Framework, ASP.NET AJAX History, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: PhluffyFotos.com

    Ryan Dunn in the team has just finished off the finishing touches to a services application which uses SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) to store the content in the cloud. This has all being placed onto a site so that you can get details about the LINQ provider to SSDS and a whole number of Powershell...
  • Blog Post: At Home With Charlie Kindel - MORE ON HOME SERVER - INCLUDING THE PUCK SERVER!!!

    We wanted to get a little more information about how Home Server is progressing. Adam went right to the source, GM Charlie Kindel, and asked him to talk about what's in Home Server. Things like automatic nightly backups of all the machines on your home lan, remote access to your files and machines, and...
  • Blog Post: iSCSI with Suzanne and Shiv from the Storage Team

    So we have been talking a lot iSCSI as we think that this is a really cool technology for people that want a really inexpensive solution for building a flexible storage solution in their data center. Adam ( that guy is everywhere ) interviewed Suzanne and Shiv from the storage team about iSCSI and raised...
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